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Revitalizing Connecticut’s Downtowns

An injection of federal funding is helping restore buildings and infrastructure to bring residents and businesses back to central districts.

April 30, 2024 - The CT Mirror

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Seattle Downtown Plan Expands Permitted Uses

The Downtown Activation Plan shifts from Euclidean to form-based zoning to encourage more commercial development.

April 21, 2024 - Governing

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Rochester Shows Possible Future for Former Highways

A former freeway is undergoing a massive redevelopment that goes beyond highway removal to reconnect and revitalize surrounding areas.

April 18, 2024 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Study: How to Revitalize Downtown Minneapolis

A proposal calls for a reevaluation of the city’s skyways, a focus on street-facing businesses, and an improved public realm.

March 28, 2024 - Minneapolis Post

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Draft Plan Takes Aim at Downtown DC Revitalization

The plan calls for policies that support adaptive reuse, new housing construction, and improved public parks and facilities.

March 25, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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The Mall Is Dead — Long Live the Mall

The American shopping mall may be closer to its original vision than ever.

March 21, 2024 - Governing

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Newark Kicks Off $1 Home Sale Program

The city sold seven properties as part of an effort to revive blighted sites and encourage housing production.

March 5, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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A Holistic Approach to Revitalizing Neighborhoods

Affordable housing is one piece of a larger, interconnected approach.

February 27, 2024 - Next City

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Pop-Up Shops are Reviving Dormant Downtowns

The future of downtown retail is uncertain. In the meantime, pop-ups fill the gaps and provide small businesses with unique opportunities to showcase their wares.

November 22, 2023 - Route Fifty

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How Public-Private Partnerships Shape Urban Development

Explore the significant role of public-private partnerships in shaping urban development and driving collaboration and innovation for sustainable city growth.

November 14, 2023 - Devin Partida

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To Revitalize Downtowns, Cities Create Designated ‘Drinking Zones’

Mirroring New Orleans’ French Quarter or the Las Vegas Strip, some cities are experimenting with loosening open container laws in certain commercial areas.

November 7, 2023 - Stateline

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Jersey City and Newark: A Tale of Renaissance and Stagnation

The rise and fall (and rise again) of two great American cities teach us lessons about racism, economic opportunity, and more.

October 19, 2023 - Marcelo Remond

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Does Branding Play a Role in Redevelopment?

One Denver neighborhood’s massive redevelopment project includes a branding element. Is it necessary?

September 21, 2023 - Fast Company

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Sioux Falls Downtown Plan Targets Mobility, Safety, Community

The South Dakota city is taking public input on its proposal for improving transportation, job opportunities, and culture downtown.

July 27, 2023 - Dakota News Now

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Reno Plans Downtown Makeover

The ‘biggest little city’ plans to hire consultants to develop a plan for a more vibrant, more walkable downtown strip.

July 26, 2023 - This is Reno

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Reorienting Business Districts for Walkability

Traditionally car-friendly Business Improvement Districts are turning to walkability and bike infrastructure to replace the 9-to-5 crowd and boost local economies.

July 10, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Opinion: Downtown D.C. Recovery Requires More Inclusive Planning

To meet its climate goals and revitalize its downtown core, the District must expand its transit and urban amenities to meet the needs of a wider variety of people.

May 26, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

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Transforming Downtowns Into Functional Neighborhoods

Rather than ‘monofunctional’ business districts or urban playgrounds, American downtown districts could become multipurpose neighborhoods.

May 25, 2023 - Wired

Seattle, Washington

The City Beyond Amazon's ‘Great Return’

In GeekWire, Chuck Wolfe explains how, as the Amazon (and other) “Great Returns” to the office unfold, it's essential to dig deeper.

May 2, 2023 - GeekWire

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Proposal Focuses on Downtown Milwaukee Revitalization

A city plan calls for reimagining an elevated freeway that cuts through downtown communities and redeveloping public properties.

April 28, 2023 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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